Pet Hedgehogs Sicken 14 with Salmonella

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According to NBC News, the precious and prickly pets known as hedgehogs might soon be known for something other than supersonic cuteness. At least 14 people in six different states have been infected with salmonella, according to government health officials.

About half of the infected people are children younger than 10. Three people have been hospitalized. The current strain of salmonelle typhimurium has been linked to their pet hedgehogs.

The specific salmonella-carrying suspects are African dwarf hedgehogs that were purchased from several different breeders throughout the country. The problem most likely stems from their droppings, which can be inhaled by humans.

"Salmonella germs are shed in their droppings and can easily contaminate their bodies and anything in areas where these animals live and roam. You should always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching hedgehogs," said a CDC report.

Hedgehogs are not the first pets to be linked to the infection. Pet chicks and small turtles have also been sources of salmonella.

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